Friday, August 27, 2010

thank you

Many thanks to all of you who left me words of encouragement on Wednesday. My daughter and I had our cry on Wednesday night (well, really early Thursday morning) and when my husband and I said goodbye and drove away from the campus on Thursday, it was OK.

Of course, all bets may be off by this weekend, but we'll see. ;)

On a completely different note, I stopped at Willowwood Arboretum earlier this week and snapped a few photos of the late summer garden. I'll show them to you next week, but I just wanted to post this one today. Old stone buildings are my favorites. Isn't this one gorgeous?


  1. This reminds me of the stone cottages around where I live in Derbyshire (UK)
    Happy weekend

  2. To have a cry is good for the soul, than it can be ok.
    Nice old stone building on your photo.

  3. Beautiful picture ad yes I love old stone buildings!
    I live right across the road from an old house just like that but it is abandoned as the couple who were renovating it went bankrupt. I wish I could afford to buy it and finish the update on it but alas I am not in that position.
    Ah the baby leaving the nest is hard on the heart Mary. I have one son and he lives in Missouri (long way from New York) and I still miss him each day. Being a mom is a tough avocation, but then there are the rewards and that has to tide us over!
    Have a good weekend...
    Tina xo

  4. Looking forward to seeing the arboretum photographs. I think I might drag my hubby to my favourite place the Windlesham Arboretum near us. I love to walk there and see all the seasonal changes.

    I am sure your daughter has been in touch with you already by the various means of communication available now, MSN, Skype, Facebook, and Twitter to name a few.

    It is probably like their first day at school, off to University and their wedding day. I have my daughter getting married in November. All big steps in their life and we as mothers are always there for them quietly in the background.

    Have a good weekend, Jackie in UK.

  5. They may move away but are always close at heart. I agree with jackie soo many ways to communicate these days.

  6. You've heard the phrase, 'the two greatest gifts we can give our children. . .are roots and wings'! Sounds like you have done a great job with both.
    The stone building has so much character, love it!

  7. Very nice pics and thoughts. Both my sons left for college and later married. The growing up years were the best. But they made their mark and we are still close and very proud.

  8. I started to write this comment I heard these words from the song you play here...
    "I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more than I'll never know
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world..."
    ...I usually turn the volume on the computer off so that I can't hear any accompanying music which made it even more compelling...

  9. Oh Mary, bless your heart! Thanks for sharing that awesome stone building with us, it's just breathtaking. I love old stone buildings too.


  10. Hi Mary,
    Your Photographs are just gorgeous. You do GOOD WORK!! Thanks for sharing them with us.
    About your lovely girl leaving for school: mine left last week to finish her last two years. It was sooo difficult to say goodbye, we all shed many, many tears! But now we write each other and she has been sending me the most amazing e-mails. I'm getting to know her in a different way than before when we were together all the time. And I really like seeing another side of her. It's fascinating to read what's on her mind. So, this is the bright side for me, I know you will find yours, too! All this new technology is a blessing to us empty-nest parents!
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  11. Love the picture. I know you are missing your daughter. Use some of this "new" alone time to treat yourself to something special. Carla

  12. That is a wonderful old building. She will be just fine, treat yourself this weekend.

  13. Hi Mary! I remember well when my children left home and I feel for you. It won't be long until the heartache eases up enough that you can think of them and not want to cry. I just left my family on will be another year before we're up there on vacation again so I'm going through the same thing at the moment. Oh well...this is life. I love stone buildings too and this one is a beauty. I love your photo's. I hope you have a wonderful weekend...Maura :)

  14. Your duaghter will have a lot of fun, Mary, and before you know it, she is home visiting....Christine

  15. I'm glad you are okay. The building is beautiful!

  16. it's hard when they grow will be okay.

    beautiful building

  17. thinking of you as your daughter goes off to college. A new Chapter in your life.It's ok to be sad! Jennifer aka Gigi

  18. This is such an amazing pic... Crying is good sometimes.. its best to get it out... Hope you are ok soon.. Its a new chapter in your life and your daughters.. :-)

  19. A good cry is good for you sometimes. I know you will miss each other. Letting go is hard. You are a good mom!

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  20. Lovely photo....your daughter is a lucky girl...she has a wonderful mother who cares....nothing could be both will survive...promise...smiles.

  21. Beautiful stone building! I am enjoying your blog so much. Your daughter will be home soon,,with her

  22. Hope you're holding up ok.

    You are not alone!

  23. Lovely building! Praying for you and your daughter as she goes to school. ~Diana

  24. Thank you for proviving this little escape for me after a tough day at work. Your pictures are so calming. Anne


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